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Old 10-26-2004, 07:09 AM   #1
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TurboCharges and Supercharges

first of all could somone please explain to me the difference between a turbocharge and a supercharge (im kinda a newbie at this stuff). and then please tell me the advanteges and disadvantages of both and which one u think is better and why. also if there are certain brand i should look for it would be great if u guys could explain if it has any advantages of disadvantages. also someone PLEASE let me know what the deal is with this sts turbo stuff (heres the website www.ststurbo.com). i have never heard more mixed reviews on any one thing in my life. some say its awsome others say its by far the worst and the website makes it sound like its the most efficient and best preforming one out there, which could be bs. so someone please explain this to me. thanks
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Old 10-26-2004, 01:34 PM   #2
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dont know to much but i do know, A supercharger has the potential for greater VE than a turbo because of the backpressure,, turbo improve the piower to weight ratio what im trying to say is a turbo can boost an engine's horsepower without increasing its weight, which is the huge benefit that makes turbos so popular, i think supercharge is what like 35hp and turbo is well not to sure how much turbo adds but it spins a turbine or some shit well did the best i could.. maybe someone else can do better hope it helped
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Old 10-26-2004, 04:36 PM   #3
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the main difference..aside from the way they look..is when they start to make power. A supercharger will make power as soon as u start give the car more gas because it is driven by the crankshaft so as soon as the crank spins the charger spins...a turbo however is spooled up by the exhause from the motor. Thats why there is turbo "lag" because there isnt enough exhaust flowing to spin up tyhe turbo....so a supercharger will give u a smoother horsepower curve while a turbo will start to give u power in the higher rpm range depending on the size of the turbo because the larger the turbo the more it needs to spool up.

I ran into someone at english town raceway and he had a 98-02 camaro SS with a remote turbo setup from STS and he couldnt say enough good things about it...and if your looking at the engine all you see is polished piping runing down which could easly be confused as just an aftermarket induction system...so it has sleeper written all over it.
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Old 10-27-2004, 09:38 PM   #4
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turbo improve the piower to weight ratio. what im trying to say is a turbo can boost an engine's horsepower without increasing its weight, which is the huge benefit that makes turbos so popular

Superchargers don't add any noticable weight either, so this point is moot.

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i think supercharge is what like 35hp and turbo is well not to sure how much turbo adds


No. Not every super or turbo charger makes a set amount of power. There are different size turbos and you can run them at different levels of boost. A turbo can add as much as a thousand or more hp, or could make as little as 100 or even less.


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A supercharger will make power as soon as u start give the car more gas because it is driven by the crankshaft so as soon as the crank spins the charger spins


No. There may be exceptions, but for the most part superchargers are driven by a belt.

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so a supercharger will give u a smoother horsepower curve while a turbo will start to give u power in the higher rpm range depending on the size of the turbo because the larger the turbo the more it needs to spool up.


Not necessarily. A supercharger won't make a smoother power curve, it just may start making extra power sooner.
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Old 10-27-2004, 09:40 PM   #5
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the belt on the supercharger runs to the the crank...thats what turns the charger...right or am i thinking of something else?
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Old 10-27-2004, 09:48 PM   #6
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the belt on the supercharger runs to the the crank...thats what turns the charger...right or am i thinking of something else?


Yes you are correct, but the SC is connected DIRECTLY to the belt.
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right...the belt which is connected to the SC then goes to the crank pully
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Old 10-29-2004, 02:53 AM   #8
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the belt on the supercharger runs to the the crank...thats what turns the charger...right or am i thinking of something else?

Okay slick, you can't even keep track of your own thoughts....you were asking a question here not making a statement, you weren't sure how such a simple device as a s/c worked. So you need to shut the hell up dipsh*t. THINK, TYPE, SUBMIT....you are apparently missing the first part and the second part is even a little sketchy.
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Superchargers don't add any noticable weight either, so this point is moot.



No. Not every super or turbo charger makes a set amount of power. There are different size turbos and you can run them at different levels of boost. A turbo can add as much as a thousand or more hp, or could make as little as 100 or even less.

yes i think we know that turbos dont add a set amount.. you can buy up to 3 different stages plus you could get 2 turbos on some cars
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you can also add multiple centrifugal super chargers on an application..depending
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Old 02-24-2005, 11:45 PM   #11
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first of all could somone please explain to me the difference between a turbocharge and a supercharge (im kinda a newbie at this stuff). and then please tell me the advanteges and disadvantages of both and which one u think is better and why. also if there are certain brand i should look for it would be great if u guys could explain if it has any advantages of disadvantages. also someone PLEASE let me know what the deal is with this sts turbo stuff (heres the website www.ststurbo.com). i have never heard more mixed reviews on any one thing in my life. some say its awsome others say its by far the worst and the website makes it sound like its the most efficient and best preforming one out there, which could be bs. so someone please explain this to me. thanks

one difference is that turbo charges are more fuel effiecient and better for the eviroment (like in the SAAB ecotec engine). However supercharges are better for going faster i think.
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